Could you kill the person you loved to save your people? The war with the Kem has been raging for almost a decade… When Asherah is faced with the extinction of her people, she will travel north into the mountain realm of Ardos. Accompanying her is her sister, Nikkal, who wants nothing more than to be a fierce warrior like Asherah, and a prisoner named Decius, with the power to summon ice and snow. Together, they head for the Ardojan capital, where her old friend is enthroned as King of Libera. But it isn’t a friendly reunion she’s looking for… Asherah’s made a deal with the god of the underworld to save her people, and the price of that deal is the king’s head.